The key to stopping breast cancer lies in shrinking the time between detection, diagnosis and treatment. Memorial does this by integrating routine breast screenings into the region’s most advanced breast center. In additional to our three permanent imaging centers at the MaryEllen Locher Breast Center, Memorial Hospital Hinson and Memorial Ooltewah, we operate two mobile screening units which travel to locations throughout our local area.
Annual mammograms have led to significant improvement in survival rates for women over the age of 40. Memorial uses digital mammography to capture an image of the breast which can then be viewed and manipulated by computer to detect abnormalities at an early stage. Digital mammograms have been particularly effective in diagnosing cancers in women under 50, women with dense breasts, and women not yet in menopause.
Mammograms are recommended every year for women over 40 years of age when there are no signs, symptoms or family history of breast disease.
Diagnostic imaging uses mammography and other technologies to create detailed images of the breast to aid in the diagnosis of potential cancers, including:
Tomosynthesis or 3-D mammograms creates a three-dimensional image of breast tissue to more effectively pinpoint the size, shape and location of any abnormalities.
Ultrasound imaging is a painless medical test that uses high frequency sound waves to evaluate breast tissue.
DEDICATED BREAST MRI
Dedicated Breast MRI provides unparalleled and uncompromising image quality, patient comfort, and efficiency to better evaluate conditions that may not be visible with other imaging methods.
Removal of tissue for examination under a microscope may be necessary for diagnosis.
BONE DENSITY TESTING
A bone density test is the only accurate way to diagnose osteoporosis, assess fracture risk, and monitor the effects of treatment.